John and I went to see our friend Rick Lonow play with Justin Thompson on Saturday night. This kid is GREAT. He's got really smooth vocals, interesting original jazz material and incredible guitar skills.
He has actually arranged jazz / swing versions of Curt Cobain's "Teen Spirit", a Snoop-doggy-dog song and Britney Spears' "Hit me baby one more time," too. You wouldn't have recognized them...they sounded really good. (ha.)
My favorite part of the night is getting to watch Rick play. He's an INCREDIBLE drummer / session player and also plays with several other artists: Jason White, Crystal Gayle, Burrito Deluxe and Jamie Hartford. He used to be a member of Poco as well as The Bellamy Brothers. John and he really connect. I could sit and watch them talk about drums for hours.
Ellen Crandell (singer / songwriter, Rick's girlfriend and our friend), sat with us. She is great. We had a blast talking and enjoying the tunes. In between sets we got to hang with the Rick, too.
Afterwards, we all met Dave Pomeroy for a night cap at Bosco's in Hillsboro Village.